False rumor of Queen Elizabeth’s death spreads after errant tweet

Queen Elizabeth II on May 29, 2015 in Lancaster, England. Andew Yates - Pool/Getty Images

A BBC journalist mistakenly tweeted that Queen Elizabeth had died, causing a small uproar. During a rehearsal for how the BBC would respond to the Queen’s actual death, tweets sent from Amen Khawaja’s account indicated that the monarch had been hospitalized and passed away. One read: “Queen Elizabrth [sic] has died.” The report was picked up by several major outlets. CNN Money reports that Khawaja, is facing an internal disciplinary investigation as a result.


By coincidence, the queen was at a hospital on the same day for a routine appointment. Buckingham Palace released a statement saying the Queen was alive and well. “This was a routine pre-scheduled appointment, the queen has now left hospital and carries on with her engagements.”

A BBC spokesperson noted that the tweets were swiftly deleted and apologized for any offense.

Read the full story at the Guardian.

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